I have been iPad only person for a couple of months now. I have iMac at home for my development work, and iPad on the go. However iPad is far from being the perfect solution for development on the go. Hence I am considering bringing a Mac Mini as an always on solution to equip the iPad.
I can connect to it through realvnc while away from home, or LunaDisplay while at home.
(WOL) Yep it does so long as it’s a wired connection. Won’t work on WiFi.
The set up you’re after is pretty much exactly what I have and it works well. Reality is that I rarely need to remote in to my mini (I’m not a developer, more a hobbyist).
I opted for mini left to sleep rather than iMac on the basis of power but also I now use mini as Plex server for everything do it meant I got rid of NAS. I wouldn’t have paid full for it but got a good deal second hand.
Yes, I know those are from Apple’s website, it’s the same page we both are looking at probably. I won’t say I am expert here on that subject; but on the website, it mentions that the 217W max is the maximum CPU consumptions (not the whole machine).
Power consumption data (watts) is measured from the wall power source and includes all power supply and system losses. Additional correction isn’t needed.
CPU Max is defined as running a compute-intensive test application that maximizes processor usage and therefore power consumption.
These numbers reflect a 23°C (73.4°F) ambient running environment. Increased ambient temperatures require faster fan speeds which increases power consumption. At 35°C (95°F), 50W should be added to reflect increased power consumption.
I.e. whole system power consumption while running a compute-intensive task.